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PARIS, May 27 (Reuters) – Highlights of the sixth day of Roland-Garros, the second Grand Slam of the year, on Friday (GMT time):

* Novak Djokovic overtook Aljaz Bedene 6-3 6-3 6-2 with a nearly flawless performance to reach the fourth round and stay firmly on course to challenge for a record 21st Grand Slam triumph. Read more

* Rafa Nadal beat Dutch 26th seed Botic van de Zandschulp 6-3 6-2 6-4 in the third round to stay on course for a tantalizing potential showdown against Djokovic in the quarter-finals. Read more

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* Two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka collapsed after Swiss 23rd seed Jil Teichmann battled after one set to win 4-6 7-5 7-6(5) and secure a place in the fourth round. Read more

* American Amanda Anisimova advanced to the fourth round after her Czech opponent Karolina Muchova was forced to retire with an ankle injury suffered while leading by a set. [nL2N2XJ0YT]

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2109 ALCARAZ TAKES DOWN KORDA, NORRIE CRASHES

Sixth-seeded Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz advanced to the fourth round at Roland Garros for the first time after beating 27th-seeded American Sebastian Korda 6-4 6-4 6-2 .

Britain’s Cameron Norrie, seeded 10th, crashed out after a 6-2 7-5 5-7 6-4 loss to Russia’s Karen Khachanov, seeded 21st.

1906 ZVEREV SAILS IN THE FOURTH LAP

Third seed and last year’s semi-finalist, Alexander Zverev reached the fourth round by winning 7-6(2) 6-3 7-6(5) over American Brandon Nakashima.

The German, who won Olympic gold in Tokyo last year, will contest the fourth round in Paris for the fifth consecutive year.

1714 QUALIFIER ZAPATA MIRALLES KNOCKS ISNER

Spanish qualifier Bernabe Zapata Miralles reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time beating American 23rd seed John Isner 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-7(5) 6-3 in a competition which lasted almost 3- 1/2 hours.

1705 AZARENKA KO BY TEICHMANN

The number 15 seed and two-time major winner Azarenka collapsed in Paris, losing 4-6 7-5 7-6 (5) to Teichmann in the third round after three hours 18 minutes.

Teichmann will play the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time. She faces American Sloane Stephens, 2018 finalist, who beat Frenchwoman Diane Parry 6-2 6-3.

1552 NADAL SEES VAN DE ZANDSCHULP

Spaniard Rafa Nadal continued his quest for a record 14th Roland Garros crown with a 6-3 6-2 6-4 win over Botic van de Zandschulp.

Nadal will face Canada’s ninth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime, who earned a hard-fought 7-6(3) 7-6(2) 7-5 win over Serbian Filip Krajinovic in three hours.

1507 DJOKOVIC CRUISES PASSING BEDENE

World number one Djokovic entered the last 16 with a dominating 6-3 6-3 6-2 win over Slovenian Bedene in just under an hour 45 minutes.

Djokovic, the defending champion, remains on course to win a record 21st Grand Slam title and will face Schwartzman for a place in the quarter-finals.

1331 GAUFF BEAT KANEPI

18-year-old American Coco Gauff, the youngest player on the women’s roster, reached the fourth round with a 6-3 6-4 win over 36-year-old Kaia Kanepi, who is Paris’ oldest player.

Gauff will next face Belgium’s 31st seed Elise Mertens.

1324 KERBER KO BY SASNOVICH

Angelique Kerber’s quest to complete a career Grand Slam came to an end after the 21st seed was knocked out of Paris, losing 6-4 7-6(5) to Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the third round.

Sasnovich will head into the fourth round of the clay major for the first time.

1258 FERNANDEZ AVOIDS BENCIC

Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez, a US Open finalist last year, took on former Olympic champion Belinda Bencic 7-5 3-6 7-5 to advance to the knockout stages in Paris for the first time and arrange a meeting with Anisimova.

1130 ANISIMOVA RECEIVES WALKOVER

Anisimova booked her spot in the fourth round after opponent Karolina Muchova retired 6-7(7) 6-2 3-0 in the third set with an ankle injury.

1128 SCHWARTZMAN MAKES DIMITROV PASS

Argentina’s 15th seed Diego Schwartzman ripped through a dramatic backhand to wrap up a 6-3 6-1 6-2 win over Grigor Dimitrov, who racked up a staggering 59 unforced errors, to reach the last 16 in Paris for the third straight year .

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Compiled by Dhruv Munjal, Hritika Sharma and Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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